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Former DOD official charged with taking kickbacks for work at US base in Djibouti

Former DOD official charged with taking kickbacks for work at US base in Djibouti
A former Defense Department official was charged in connection with allegations he received $34,000 in illegal gratuity from a private party while serving in a government position, the U.S. Attorney’s central district office in California said.

Former DOD official charged with taking kickbacks for work at US base in Djibouti Nizar Farhat, 63, a former Defense Department official at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, has been charged with taking kickbacks to help a private contractor obtain $6.In 2014 and 2015, Farhat oversaw a $15 million contract to construct an aircraft hangar and a telecommunications facility at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, where the Defense Department has spent millions of dollars on upgrades over the past several years.He was shifted to Djibouti on a temporary assignment to handle the project at Camp Lemonnier, federal prosecutors said.Camp Lemonnier, which serves as a launching pad for military operations across the Horn of Africa, has steadily expanded over the years.

In 2014, there were $500 million in active construction projects underway at Camp Lemonnier, much of which was focused on improving infrastructure for U.MICHAEL ABRAMS/STARS AND STRIPES STUTTGART, Germany — A former Defense Department official overseeing construction work at the U.

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